This Week in eNews | February 19, 2021

President's Message

President's Message

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I’ve been fortunate to be out on the road again this week in SD 53, 51 and 67. It’s such a beautiful part of the province in the Fall, as the leaves change colour and that brisk chill is starting to creep into the edges of each day. I’ve been grateful for some clear sunny days, and for many rich conversations with the leaders in these districts.

We are thrilled to have exceptional keynote speakers with us again this year. On Friday, Peter DeWitt will focus on how leaders can both foster growth in their teachers and put the focus on learning for students, and on Saturday, we will first have Gabrielle Scrimshaw’s look at how Indigenous demographics are changing Canada, and the role of education in the reconciliation process, and then Dr. John Chenoweth will examine Indigenous education today through weaving a traditional Syilx/Okanagan story, the Four Chiefs.

We feel very fortunate to have these respected speakers at the conference to inspire us and provoke both thought and dialogue. And we are just as fortunate to have our own members who have stepped forward to share their expertise and innovative learning through leading our Friday breakout sessions. Conference attendees will hear about a huge scope of topics, including how to create learning teams; Indigenous ways of leading; human-centered leadership development and so much more. Attendees can browse the conference app: the link is in last week’s conference confirmation.

I know from experience that it can feel daunting to propose and lead a session for your peers, but experience has also taught me that there are countless rewards for this courage, and new connections that will blossom. It’s often hard to draw attendees back from the breakout sessions, as meaningful conversations are being spun in each room. And, to me, that’s inspiration: the value of our members relating their lived experience, and the opportunity for leaders to share with others is often the most memorable and significant experience that conference attendees will take away with them. It’s definitely something that I’m looking forward to, and I hope that our members attending the conference will share with us and with others the new learning that they embrace at this year’s Connecting Leaders.

Take Care,

Contact Darren Danyluk
President | @bcpvpapresident

This Week's Highlight

This Week's Highlight

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BCPVPA has a new website!

Check out our new website:! Members, stay tuned for a new Member Portal section coming to our website, which will act as a BCPVPA Member Only hub with exclusive resources and information for you.

BCPVPA Updates

BCPVPA Updates

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Event & Webinar Registrations

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Coffee Connections

Bi-weekly on Thursdays | 7:30am – 8:00am
for the Next Session:

Our 30-minute Zoom chats are hosted by BCPVPA President Darren Danyluk and BCPVPA senior staff. Coffee Connections provide an opportunity for members to share their concerns, and ideas, and touch base with colleagues to start off the day.

BCPVPA 2021 Retirement Seminars

Our BCPVPA Retirement Seminars address questions around retirement-readiness, the specifics of the Teachers’ Pension Plan and any other questions that you may have. The 2021 Seminars will occur on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 6, 9am-noon
  • Thursday, March 4, 4-7pm
  • Thursday, April 15, 4-7pm

Reserve your spot!

Please register early in advance as spots fill up quickly.

Questions? Contact Emily

Call for EASL & ENSL Facilitators

Are you looking for a unique learning and leading opportunity? Look no further. This Spring and early Summer, BCPVPA is offering the opportunity to share your experiences and hone your facilitation skills through two BCPVPA virtual leadership programs. 

Essentials for Aspiring School Leaders (EASL)
View EASL 2021 Course Overview 
Inviting current Vice-Principals to apply to facilitate small groups of teachers who are interested in exploring the nature of the Vice-Principal or Principal role in schools. EASL is a program of four Saturday morning sessions on April 17, May 1, May 15 and May 29. Find out more

Apply to be an EASL Facilitator
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2021

Essentials for New School Leaders (ENSL)
View 2021 ENSL Course Overview
Inviting current Vice-Principals and Principals to apply to facilitate small groups of new and nearly new Vice-Principals and Principals in the beginning stages of their school-based leadership careers. ENSL is a program of four morning sessions, beginning the first week of July 2021. Find out more  

Apply to be an ENSL Facilitator
Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2021

Programs for Early Career Leaders

Mark your calendars! We are thrilled to announce two upcoming opportunities for aspiring and new school leaders.

This is a new virtual offering from the BCPVPA, with the goal of introducing the role of the Vice-Principal to teachers and teacher-leaders who are ready to explore the next step. EASL (Essentials for Aspiring School Leaders) will be held on four Saturday mornings: April 17, May 1, May 15 & May 29, 2021.

The program will draw upon the experience and guidance of current Vice-Principals and Principals as participants are introduced to the four domains of the BCPVPA Leadership Standards, and offered an opportunity to learn about the many responsibilities of the role. This inaugural EASL program will be limited to 30 participants, and program application will open February 1, 2021. BCPVPA members are invited to introduce this opportunity to their teachers who are seeking a leadership opportunity.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the BCPVPA from holding our traditional Short Course 1 in July, and to fill that gap we launched ENSL (Essentials for New School Leaders), an online opportunity for new leaders to take part in facilitated conversation with practicing Vice-Principals and Principals, and to learn more about the many skills required as a school leader.

While health and safety protocols will continue to restrict our presentation of Short Course 1 in 2021, we are delighted to again offer this virtual experience for new Vice-Principals and Principals on four mornings the week of July 5, 2021. Registration for ENSL will open February 1, 2021.

Save the Date for CL 2021

Get ready! The 2021 Connecting Leaders Conference: Leading for Equity, hosted by the BCPVPA’s Metro Region Chapters, will be happening October 21 - 23, 2021. Leading us in conversation will be Keynote Speakers: Nouman Ashraf, Anna Maria Tremonti, and Candy Palmater. Registration opens Spring 2021. Find out more!

Apply to be on the BCPVPA Budget Committee

The Budget Committee reviews the budget and associated processes and may provide advice to the Board on issues and policies. Apply Here! Make sure to check the ‘Budget Committee’ box in the form.

BCPVPA President: Chapter Visits & Meetings

Darren Danyluk, BCPVPA President, is eager to get to know members in your local communities! Darren would be delighted to connect with your Chapter through a virtual meeting or town hall. It’s important to hear from our members, and to find out about the challenges and successes that you are experiencing.

We are currently scheduling virtual meetings starting for 2021. If you are interested in having Darren attend a virtual Chapter meeting, please contact Sharon North.

Principl(ed) Podcast

In Episode 8, host Chris Horton chats with Mikel Brogan, SD75 Principal. Mikel talks about working as a team to set goals and create a shared vision, the importance of building relationships, and how school community projects involving students, staff and parents can have a profound effect on the school culture and create a sense of belonging.

The Principl(ed) Podcast is a made-in-Canada monthly series that connects with BC school Principals and Vice-Principals who are working everywhere in the province, from the smallest rural schools to the bustling urban centres.

Available to listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more!

Principl(ed) Magazine 

The November 2020 issue is filled with stories, inspiration and insights from around the province. Read the full magazine here or view individual articles here. Watch for the Spring issue of Principl(ed) to be mailed in March. We’d love to hear any feedback or ideas: contact



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Black History Resources

ReFresh: Recess for Your Health

ReFresh is a BCPVPA health resource with simple exercises and information to explore in your breaks at work. ReFresh appears as a Member Update every Wednesday.

Read the latest ReFresh Update View ReFresh.
All ReFresh updates are archived here.

OpEd: Charles Ungerleider

In this week's blogpost, Charles _____________________________
Read the blogpost here (LINK)

Charles Ungerleider is a Professor Emeritus of Education at The University of British Columbia and Managing Partner at Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group.
The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in the OpED articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the BCPVPA.

ReCharge: Energizing School Leaders

ReCharge series is finished for the Winter season – you can read all archived posts here. We are working on some new health and well-being projects to support our busy members, so watch eNews for updates. All ReCharge posts are archived here. Let us know your feedback & suggestions for ReCharge!

Member & Partner News

Member & Partner News

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Outdoor Learning Store

New educator resources have been added to the Outdoor Learning Store including:

  • Messy Maths: A Playful Approach for Early Years by Juliet Robertson
  • The Sky Above and the Mud Below by David Sobel
  • Teaching About Invasive Species by Green Teacher
  • Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities by David Sobel
  • Think About the Planet by Remy Rodden
  • Think About the Wild by Remy Rodden
Shop now!

Online Workshops for Educators | CBEEN, C2C & EEPSA

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN), in partnership with BC Classrooms to Communities (C2C) and Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association, are bringing a series of online workshops focused on supporting educators in environmental education.   

 Upcoming Workshops:

  • Thurs, Feb 18 | Opportunities, Barriers, Strategies towards Inclusion with Karen Lai 
  • Thurs, Feb 25 | Outdoor Learning Prep Position: A Framework for your School with Megan Zeni, Laura Jackman and Bridget O’Malley 
  • Thurs March 4 | March Mix & Mingle with CBEEN, EEPSA, TMO, C2C & Green Teacher 

 More Information & Registration 
Registration is free, however donations are welcomed and encouraged.

BC Technology for Learning Society 

Free Computer Equipment for Home Use
BC Technology for Learning Society has quality refurbished computer equipment available for low-income BC students. Desktops can be requested by the school for reallocation to students for use at home. They can help you to secure the technology you require for your school/students by offering low cost and free computers and upgraded computer systems for your school or school board.  

Request Computer Equipment
It is encouraged to request multiple computers at a time for your school, rather than individually. More information about bulk ordering is found on the ‘eligibility’ tab. There is no deadline.

Queen’s University

Assessment Innovations Survey
BCPVPA members are invited to participate in this short survey. Please feel free to share this information and link with your teaching staff: 

Elementary and Secondary Teachers, Educational Assistants, Early Childhood Educators and School Leaders: Contribute to research and complete this short survey about assessment innovations. Upon completion you will receive a list of easy-to-implement assessment strategies and enter a draw to win 1 in 5 $50 gift certificates.   Complete the Survey
Deadline: March 31, 2021

Learning Forward BC

Tools for Professional Learning in a Blended Learning Environment

Led by Frederick Brown and a team of BC Educators of Learning Forward, this series of three sessions will explore ways to develop online learning designs and strategies in a variety of contexts.

These sessions will be facilitated on the following Thursdays by a BC Learning Facilitator:

  • Taking a Deeper Dive into the Learning | February 25, 4:00pm - 7:30pm PST 
  • Sharing Designs and Implementation | April 8, 4:00pm - 6:00pm PST 

 Find out more

Better Educate

Develop a profile, collaborate with colleagues, browse and share resources and develop your Growth Plan and your School Plan – all on one platform!

Haven't signed up yet? BCPVPA Members get free access! Just visit the site and sign up for your free membership with the promo code Bcpvpa123.

Early Intervention Program (EIP)

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) has expanded province-wide. The EIP is a professional support service provided by the BCPVPA at no cost to you and is completely voluntary and confidential. The program supports BCPVPA Benefits Plan members experiencing health-related personal and/or professional challenges.

Find out more

Johnson Insurance

Johnson hopes that you are staying safe and healthy! As we all adapt to the changes necessary due to COVID-19, home insurance should be the last thing you have to worry about. Johnson can make your home insurance easier with great benefits, and caring service. Find out more about exclusive savings.

BC Retired Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association (BCRPVPA)

Membership Opportunities

Are you or a colleague thinking of retirement soon? Please check the BC Retired Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association for benefits offered to retired members, such as affinity, health & travel insurance, prestige coverage, pensions & other topics of interest, and you will also find a mail-in application form on the site. The BCRPVPA looks forward to hearing from you if retirement is in your near future! Contact the BCRPVPA



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Principal and Vice-Principal Opportunities & Vacancies

Learning Disabilities Society
Director of Education
Applications open until position filled
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SD #73 (Kamloops-Thompson)
Principal Pool
Due Feb 26 by 4:00pm
Find out more 
Vice-Principal Pool
Due Feb 26 by 4:00pm
Find out more 

Head of Pastoral Care (Vice-Principal)
 Hayat Universal School (HUBS), Qatar
Accepting applications until position is filled
Find out more

SD #42 (Maple Ridge)
James Cameron School Elementary Principal (2021-2022)
Ideal candidate would have experience with students with learning disabilities. For more information, please call the school at 604-465-8444.

SD #71 (Comox Valley)
Director of Instruction  
Due Feb 22 by 1:00pm
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Director of Instruction – Inclusive Education
Due Feb 22 by 1:00pm
Find out more    

BC Program Head (G4-G7) (Vice-Principal Level)
Character Education and School Improvement, Qatar Applications open until position filled
Find out more

SD #22 (Vernon)
Superintendent of Schools, CEO 
Due Feb 24 by 2:00pm
Find out more

Find up-to-date career opportunities on the Make A Future job board in the BC Education sector!

BCPVPA Member Link App

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Board of Directors 2020-2021

Darren Danyluk (Rocky Mountain), President
David DeRosa (Kootenay-Columbia), Past-President
Tom Aerts (Victoria), Director
Susan Clough (Surrey), Director
Carmen Eberle (Langley), Director
Bev Forster (Bulkley Valley), Director
Heidi Grant (Nechako Lakes), Director
Sid Jawanda (Prince George), Director
Read Jorgensen (Victoria), Director
Brian Leonard (Coquitlam), Director
Jacqueline Taylor (Vernon), Director
Sally Zryd (Kamloops-Thompson), Director


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